March 4 2016
Currently, there aren’t any ordinances in Lincoln, Illinois, that apply to commercial landscapes. At a recent committee meeting, the city council began to consider a proposal that would make the cit ...
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March 3 2016
An experiment in Salem, Oregon, to replace landscape crews with a herd of rented goats has failed. At the outset, city officials were optimistic about the plan. They rented 75 goats and set them loose ...
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March 3 2016
Jameson Gray, 29, and Christian Valiente, 21, were working for Scott Gray Lawn Service in Bonita Springs, Florida, when they saw and smelled clouds of smoke coming from a house across the street. The ...
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March 2 2016
According to the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), landscape contractors in the state have been suffering from the most severe labor shortage since 2009. In an effort to alleviate t ...
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March 1 2016
If the idea of a mower that’s primarily made of plastic sounds strange, it isn’t half as strange as how that mower is made. The Ardumower is a robotic lawn mower that can be constructed with a 3-D ...
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March 1 2016
The Cleveland, Ohio equity firm SCG Partners has acquired three landscape maintenance companies, all based in Melbourne, Florida. The companies then were combined under the name of Green Leaf Landscap ...
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Feb. 29 2016
Plans to extend some H-2B visas, allowing lower skilled temporary workers to stay in the U.S. for longer, are included in the current U.S. spending bill proposal in the House of Representatives. The v ...
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Feb. 29 2016
Excel Industries, manufacturer of the Hustler and Big Dog mower brands, is still reeling from the actions of one of their former employees at their plant in Hesston, Kansas. This past Thursday, Cedric ...
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Feb. 29 2016
For Freyja Conrad, landscape designer for Dig Right In Landscaping, Inc., outside of Chicago, Illinois, the answer is ‘not enough’. That’s why she recently attended a class intended to teach com ...
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Feb. 27 2016
The federal initiative to increase the portion of ethanol in fuel, called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), sets a target for the ethanol production volumes from year to year. Those volumes are set p ...
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Feb. 26 2016
When it comes to cyber-crime, the answer for many small businesses is no. Hackers are increasingly targeting small businesses, and the numbers are pretty startling. A survey conducted in 2014 by Price ...
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Feb. 25 2016
It’s trite but true that good help is hard to find, but today’s economy makes the hunt for employees particularly difficult for landscape contractors. According to a market research report by IBIS ...
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Feb. 25 2016
In 2013, America earned a D+ on its water infrastructure report card. So, it should come as no surprise that with droughts in some parts of the country, flooding in others, and water quality an inc ...
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Feb. 24 2016
Just because your business isn’t on the web doesn’t mean it can’t profit from a website. A survey published recently of more than 350 small businesses found that nearly 50 percent of them did no ...
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Feb. 24 2016
A former landscape contractor and convicted conman from Pinellas County, Florida, has pleaded guilty to 20 felonies. Robert Fletcher turned down a prosecutor’s offer of 10 years in prison and 1 ...
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Feb. 23 2016
Yemen, a country in the Middle East, has more problems than average: airstrikes, domestic strife, a tough natural climate and water scarcity, to name a few. At least the last one may be alleviated by ...
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Feb. 23 2016
Fieldturf, an artificial turf manufacturer, faces a lawsuit from a very unsatisfied customer in Ontario, California. Chaffey Joint Union High School District alleges that its athletic fields are ...
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Feb. 22 2016
February is nearly over, and before you know it, summer will be here. When the warm weather arrives, it will bring mosquitos with it. Nothing gets in the way of a client enjoying the beautiful landsca ...
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Feb. 22 2016
Recent snowstorms across the East have been a love letter to companies offering snow removal services. The season began with very sparse precipitation, exemplified by the room-temperature conditions t ...
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Feb. 20 2016
According to the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) latest report, U.S. small business confidence fell in January to the lowest it’s been since February 2014.Their Small Business ...
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2015 STATUS REPORT

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